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Jack Up The 80s Music Festival

11-13 August 2017

Jack Up The 80s is an exuberant, fun-filled 80s music festival – and one of the Isle of Wight’s most popular events. Let’s face it – who isn’t tempted by the idea of digging out the hairspray, the roller-boots, and the neon to dance the weekend away in a colourful whirl of nostalgia?

In its fifth year the festival is moving to a larger, more accessible venue at Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde. New arrivals for Jack Up The 80s Vol 5 include a Friday night opening party hosted by Wave 105’s Steve Power and the number one Abba tribute band, Abba Chique.

Jack Up The 80s 2017 Lineup

Artists confirmed so far include Aussie heart-throb Jason Donovan, Soul sensation Alexander O’Neal, super talented singer songwriter Nik Kershaw,1981 Eurovision winners Bucks Fizz, as well as From The Jam and The Real Thing – with yet more names still to be announced.



Wave 105 DJ Steve Power
Abba Chique
The Cheeky Girls


Jason Donovan
From The Jam
Right Said Fred
The Real Thing


Alexander O’Neal
Nik Kershaw
S Club
Cheryl, Mike, and Jay – Formerly of Bucks Fizz

Jack Up The 80s Tickets

Jack Up The 80s is a charitable initiative, donating much of its profit to good causes. Over the last two years, the festival has donated over £20,000 to charities on the Isle of Wight.

You can book your tickets for the festival on the Jack Up The 80s website.

Kids go free

Not only do children under 12 get entry to Jack Up The 80s at no cost – kids aged 15 or under can also sail across to the Island with Wightlink for free as foot passengers!

Simply mention our “Kids Go Free” offer at any ticket office up until Sunday, 3 September 2017. You can go across as many times as you like.

Getting To The Festival

The first step when travelling to the festival is getting to the Isle of Wight. Wightlink have been taking both revelers and artists to the island long before the 80s. Our ferries leave regularly from Portsmouth and Lymington, and will provide you with not only a comfortable journey and great food, but also the kind of atmosphere which will jump-start your festival mood!

Southern Vectis shuttle bus

Foot passengers can travel on our fast catamaran from Portsmouth Harbour Station directly to Ryde Pier Head.  A Southern Vectis shuttle bus will be in operation from Ryde Bus Station to take you from the Esplanade to Smallbrook Stadium. It’s a short, 10-minute ride with buses leaving regularly on the Saturday and Sunday, starting at 10.30am both mornings.

What Can You Expect?

We’ve already mentioned 2017’s glittering line-up: the very best in 80s pop, rock, and cheese will be rekindling the passions of the 80s in Ryde. If you’re feeling danced-out, star-struck, or simply want a bit of a break, the festival site is full of traders and artists selling everything from 80s perm wigs, great food and more 80s memorabilia than you could shake a piano tie at.
For those who wish to camp, nearby Roebeck Country Park have partnered with Jack Up The 80s to provide a camping ground a cut above your usual festival field. Features include a fresh water lake, fishing ponds, and beautiful woodland in which to shelter from the August sun. Pitches are selling fast, so book quickly!

Festival History

Jack Up The 80s is now in its fifth year. It’s been growing in popularity since it was first launched – allowing the festival this year to move to a larger, more fit-for-purpose stadium. The festival began as a charitable initiative, raising money for good local causes through music and nostalgia-based fun. Tens of thousands of pounds have since gone to various local charities, enabling a lot of great work on the Island and beyond.

If you fancy having a fantastic, cheesy, colourful, musical, charitable weekend (possibly in fancy dress), book your tickets with Wightlink today.

Jack Up The 80s,
Ashey Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight, P033 4BH, England

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Up to 5.00m long
Up to 2.24m high
Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long
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Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long
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Low passenger vehicles (LP)

5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high
Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.
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High passenger vehicles (HP)

5.01m to 15m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.
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Low motorhome (LM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high.
Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.
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High motorhome (HM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.
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Low commercial vehicles (LF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Up to 2.24m high
Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.
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High commercial vehicles (HF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.
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Freight rigid (FR)

Freight vehicle 7.01m to 12m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Single chassis freight vehicles designed to carry heavy loads.
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Freight artic (FA)

Freight vehicle over 12m to 19m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Tractor-trailer freight vehicle up to 44 tonne GVWR with a split chassis or separate unit designed to carry heavy loads.
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Minibus (MINI)

Passenger vehicles 5.01m to 8m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Passenger vehicles with 8-17 seats.
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Coaches

Because we need to know additional information for coach bookings such as loaded and empty passenger numbers, please visit our Coach page to make your booking
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Motorcycle/trike/quad (MC)

Vehicles up to 3.5m long.
Motorcycles, Motorcycles with sidecars, three or four wheeled personal powered tricycle, TWIZY or quad bike up to 3.5m long.
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Bicycles and mobility scooters

Mobility Scooters must be battery powered.
Electric bikes must retain the ability to be pedalled by the rider.
Pushbikes, e-bikes and battery powered Mobility scooters travel free of charge when a customer purchases a foot passenger ticket.
No need to book separately.
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